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UMS SKELDAR joins forces with Scanfil to create dedicated volume production line for flagship unmanned helicopter

By admin In UAV News

22

Oct
2018

UMS SKELDAR joins forces with Scanfil to create dedicated volume production line for flagship unmanned helicopter

Following major contract wins and in line with its global expansion strategy UMS SKELDAR, the world-class provider of rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) solutions and avionics software, has teamed up with international outsource manufacturing contractor Scanfil to ramp up its volume production capability.

The announcement represents a significant boost to production of the NATO-compliant heavy-fuel SKELDAR V-200, according to Axel Cavalli-Bjorkman, CEO of UMS SKELDAR, the joint venture between Saab and UMS AERO GROUP: “The rationale for contracting out volume production was compelling, and based on more than a year of collaboration where our engineers and production team have worked closely with Scanfil to ensure that all technical aspects have been taken into account.

“We have been extremely impressed by the professionalism and the rigorous standards across the production team. This close relationship is a true partnership of expertise and importantly provides us with immediate volume production as we progress our world navy strategy in parallel to expansion of our service offering globally.”

The VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) SKELDAR V-200 and its variants will be produced at Scanfil’s manufacturing facility at Åtvidaberg, just 30 kilometers south of UMS SKELDAR’s Swedish base in Linköping, ensuring efficient communications and logistics.

According to UMS SKELDAR, the German Navy contract, is seen by many as a template for best practice in rotary UAV VTOL across NATO forces, in a range of missions.

It is envisaged that the first batch will include up to 10 UAV systems, with a significant capacity to increase the production volume. Series production is due to start by January 2019. UMS SKELDAR will continue to develop prototypes, complete software installation 6 and base its R&D programmes at its facilities in Switzerland (Möhlin) and Sweden (Linköping).

Finnish-owned Scanfil, with 10 manufacturing locations worldwide, employs 3,500 people and as contract manufacturers in Sweden boasts manufacturing experience in the aerospace sector, including helicopters, and other technologies such as medical devices.

“This solution is not just a great fit in terms of technology skills sets,” explains Per-Erik Cardell Site Manager Sweden and Product Manager SKELDAR V-200. “The fact that the company meets stringent standards demanded in a range of sectors, and relevant aerospace experience provides us with the ideal partner, and our collaboration allows us to quickly react to customer demand.”

Steve Creutz, Managing Director at Scanfil in Åtvidaberg add: “We are very excited about the UMS SKELDAR venture. It is a customer who integrates perfectly with our experience of manufacturing advanced technology products and will benefit from our skills and processes and adherence to the highest production standards.”

SKELDAR V-200 and its variants, are used in a range of applications across military and civilian sectors, with roles including ISR, SAR, tactical logistics support and inspection and maintenance.

For more information on UMS SKELDAR, including its world leading platforms, click on http://umsskeldar.aero/.

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This release has been issued on behalf of UMS SKELDAR by Kredo Consulting Ltd. For further information please contact Philip Hicks on [email protected] or +44 (0) 7467 510339 or Andy Parker on [email protected] or +44 (0) 7860 833036.

About UMS SKELDAR: UMS SKELDAR, a joint venture between Saab and UMS AERO Group, is Europe’s leading provider of Rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) platforms including the unmatched NATO-compliant rotary SKELDAR V-200 and the ITAR-free light-tactical R-350. Incorporating the Sentient Vision Systems ViDAR (Visual identification Detection and Ranging) payload into its vertical take-off & landing (VTOL) fleet, UMS SKELDAR is engaged in a highly active research and development programme, and provides solutions to a wide variety of defence, civil security and maritime sectors globally. The company is headquartered near Basel in Switzerland, with twin manufacturing facilities in Switzerland (Möhlin) and Sweden (Linköping) and offers a comprehensive unmanned aerial systems (UAS) solutions portfolio. The company provides a total solutions capability globally, including development, manufacture, testing, training, consultancy, maintenance, managed services and finance options (incorporating purchase/leasing and lease purchase). Find out more about UMS SKELDAR: www.umsskeldar.aero.

About Scanfil: Scanfil is an international contract manufacturer and system supplier for the electronics industry with 40 years of experience in demanding contract manufacturing. Scanfil provides its customers with an extensive array of services, ranging from product design to product manufacturing, material procurement and logistics solutions. Vertically integrated production and a comprehensive supply chain are the foundation of Scanfil’s competitive advantages: speed, flexibility and reliability. Typical Scanfil products include mobile and communications network devices, automation system modules, frequency converters, lift control systems, analyzers, various slot and vending machines, and devices related to medical technology and meteorology. Scanfil services are used by numerous international automation, energy, IT and health service providers, as well as companies operating in the field of urbanization. Scanfil’s network of factories consists of 10 production units in Europe, Asia and North America. The total number of employees is 3,500.

Published at Mon, 22 Oct 2018 16:18:11 +0000

{articles|100|campaign}DJI Kicks Off Recruitment For Its Global Robotics Competition

RoboMaster, the annual robotics competition created by DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and creative imaging technology, has lifted its curtain for the fifth year and is now calling on engineers to join the 2019 RoboMaster Competition. RoboMaster is an international robotics competition open to all universities and students passionate about engineering and robotics. Interested teams can learn more about the 2019 RoboMaster Competition and sign up here: https://www.robomaster.com/en-US

The 2018 competition concluded this past July with the team from South China University of Technology taking home the gold trophy. Close to 200 teams and 10,000 young engineers from around the world signed up for the competition, with 32 teams battling it out in the final round at the Shenzhen Bay Stadium in Shenzhen, China. The 2018 final competition attracted over 990,000 views on Twitch.tv from audiences in 30 countries. For highlights of the 2018 RoboMaster Finals, visit https://www.twitch.tv/robomaster/videos/all.

Commenting at the 2018 RoboMaster Awards Ceremony, the team captain of the South China University of Technology Wenhui Chen said, “It has been an exciting and fruitful experience for the team in the past 9 months. RoboMaster gave us the opportunity to put theoretical learning into practice, to play with cool technology and to create something real. To see our robots coming to life and being able to compete with so many different teams is an amazing feeling.”

Sponsored and supported by DJI, RoboMaster is an annual robotics competition for teams of aspiring engineers to design and build next-generation robots to compete for supremacy. RoboMaster has gained popularity among the engineering community and has provided a world stage for University students to pursue their passion in science and technology, and to showcase their talent.

“What’s unique about the RoboMaster competition is really the experience participants go through during the nine months of teamwork, constant problem-solving and putting their theoretical learnings to the test,” said Roger Luo, President at DJI. “The competition is a great platform for young engineers to demonstrate their skills and showcase robotics in an entertaining and engaging way. More importantly, what they learn here might one day lead to real-life applications and solutions that could bring positive changes to the world.”

A RoboMaster team may consist of full-time college and university students, their instructors, and external advisors. To officially participate in the competition, teams need to submit engineering proposals and achieve certain technical milestones during preparation of their robots. Each successfully shortlisted team will have an opportunity to develop ground and aerial robots using advanced technology from DJI. Robots are made up of various key components which may include motors, electronic speed controllers, industrial cameras, photoelectric sensors, semiconductors and microcontrollers. With their fleet of robots, each team must create a strategy to triumph against their opponent inside the RoboMaster Arena. For the full set of rules, visit https://www.robomaster.com/en-US/resource/pages/879?type=announcementSub.

Coming to its fifth year, RoboMaster is attracting interest from the global engineer and robotics community. Overseas teams in previous competitions included students from China, United States, Canada, Germany, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau.

To sign up for RoboMaster 2019: https://www.robomaster.com/en-US

DJI is a global leader in developing and manufacturing civilian drones and aerial imaging technology for personal and professional use. DJI was founded and is run by people with a passion for remote-controlled helicopters and experts in flight-control technology and camera stabilization. The company is dedicated to making aerial photography and filmmaking equipment and platforms more accessible, reliable and easier to use for creators and innovators around the world. DJI’s global operations currently span across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and its revolutionary products and solutions have been chosen by customers in over 100 countries for applications in filmmaking, construction, emergency response, agriculture, conservation and many other industries.

Published at Mon, 22 Oct 2018 11:28:50 +0000

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